Aligarh [UP]: Prof. Girish Kumar of IIT Bombay while addressing a gathering of Aligarh Muslim University students on “Radiation Hazards of Cellphone” said that the use of a cellphone for more than half an hour a day can cause brain cancer.
In his lecture, Prof. Kumar said that he had submitted a report to Govt. of India in which he pointed out that free radicals emitting out of the cellphones may cause damage to the potentiality of men. He further said that if young children make excessive use of cell phones, they get affected by radiation since their skulls are very soft. He also said that cell phones are dangerous for plants as well. He pointed out that the use of smartphones increases the chances of brain cancer by up to 400%. Its radiation affects the DNA of human beings which may result in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer diseases.
Prof. Kumar further told that though technology is advancing, its dangerous effects are damaging human lives.
Time and again, we’ve been told to avoid placing our cell phones too close to our body, particularly while sleeping. More often than not, the reason given to us is the harmful impact of technological radiation on our brain and other organs. But in real terms, is this harmful enough to cause cancer, as told to us?
While mobile phones have existed for several years, stories of its increasingly detrimental impact have surfaced more in the past decade, and rightly so, as the usage, too, have significantly shot up. While, in theory, phones shouldn’t give you cancer, research continues to be carried out in this regard.
An article which appeared on The Verge takes up this matter with Jonathan Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health and an expert in phone radiation, who suggested to conclude anything specific, statistics do indicate potential risk.
It could be noted that while radiation from phones could cause harm, it does not classify as “ionising” radiation, which has the power to damage your DNA, and can lead to cancer. Phones emit a much lower energy radiation which is considered to be “non-ionising.”
However, whether it could still react with the body in some other way that might lead to problems from long term exposure is a question that remains unanswered.
Nevertheless, asserting caution can do no harm, and hence, must be done when required. As they say, prevention is indeed better than cure.